The website Our Kingdom has some excellent resources on G4S. G4S: Securing whose world? In a privatised children’s prison, a care worker restrained a boy who died; G4S promoted him. After guards killed an asylum-seeker on a plane, G4S was handed a publ …

Walton Pantland

The website Our Kingdom has some excellent resources on G4S.

G4S - securing whose world? Image of security camera focused on G4S

G4S: Securing whose world?

In a privatised children’s prison, a care worker restrained a boy who died; G4S promoted him. After guards killed an asylum-seeker on a plane, G4S was handed a public contract to provide housing for asylum-seekers — they’ve made a mess of that. In a prison van in Australia they baked a man to death.

Welcome to OurKingdom’s investigation into G4S, the security and surveillance people who see democratic uprisings as a business opportunity. They’re running privatised public services worldwide.

Our coverage, led by award-winning reporter Clare Sambrook, has been followed by the BBC, The Times, The Guardian and the New York Times.


Jimmy Mubenga and the shame of British Airways

Clare Sambrook 12 October 2013

Three years after the unlawful killing of a passenger in its care, why hasn’t British Airways held an inquiry into what went wrong? What are the consequences of its inaction?

G4S: A tale of two troubled prisons

Clare Sambrook 7 October 2013

Privatisation’s flagship African jail is beset by kidnap, rape and stabbings. In Oakwood Prison, England, hooch, drugs and violence thrive. What’s the problem? For-profit prisons? Or G4S?

Glenda versus G4S

Glenda Beato 3 October 2013

When an Aylesbury householder started investigating the world’s biggest security company . . .

Welcome to Britain: ‘Go Home or Face Arrest’

John Grayson 6 September 2013

For decades racists have yelled “Go Home” at minority ethnic and Black people. Now the government is doing it in a reviled and provocative advertising campaign aimed, ostensibly, at ‘illegal immigrants’. John Grayson reflects on a nasty piece of work. See also We all belong to Glasgow – Refugees Are Welcome Here.

Parliament resists government attack on British justice (again)

Gemma Blythe 5 September 2013

MPs decry government proposals, in England and Wales, to destroy Legal Aid, one of the great achievements of the post-war settlement and a pillar of our democracy. See also: A victory for British justice, but so much more to do

Privatised justice and erosion of democracy in the UK

Michael Turner 27 August 2013

Public service outsourcers G4S and Serco were caught overcharging taxpayers by tens of millions of pounds for tagging and monitoring offenders. What happened next?

UK justice workers walk out in protest against privatisation

James Davies 29 July 2013

The latest move in the swift and radical marketisation of British justice: the government is privatising the enforcement of criminal fines. Critics say this will push more vulnerable people into the hands of rogue bailiffs.

G4S guard fatally restrains 15 year old – gets promoted

Clare Sambrook 22 July 2013

What to do with a 100 kg guard who fatally restrains a 40 kg boy? Promote him to health & safety manager, G4S children’s homes. Behind the corporate image at the company responsible for some of Britain’s most vulnerable children. See also: Concealment and trickery – that’s G4S children’s homes

Concealment and trickery – that’s G4S children’s homes

Clare Sambrook 22 July 2013

The world’s biggest security company hides its identity in applications to convert houses into children’s homes in England. See also: G4S guard fatally restrains 15 year old – gets promoted

What is G4S doing in England’s NHS?

Caroline Molloy 15 July 2013

As G4S is exposed for overcharging on government contracts, we ask – just what is G4S doing in the NHS?

Yorkshire community defends kidney-transplant patient from deportation and death

Esme Madill 13 July 2013

The UK immigration authorities have hounded an ill woman for years. They claim she is a health tourist. Her doctors confirm that she is not. On Thursday Roseline Akhalu yet again faces her accusers in court. Friends, neighbours and actor Colin Firth lend support.

When companies charge the taxpayer for monitoring the dead

Ellie Butt 12 July 2013

G4S & Serco fraud inquiry: Five things the British public need to know about privatising criminal justice.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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